The Central Christian College of Kansas men's basketball team put together one of their most complete performances of the season on Saturday afternoon, dominating on both ends of the floor and coming away with the 87-62 victory over Southwestern Christian University. With nine games left to go in the season, the Tigers will hope that this is a turning point and a sign off good things to come.
The Tigers were in control of the game from tipoff, as they jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead. The focus was obvious: get Jubril Osagie the ball. The senior forward from Houston, Texas, scored six of the Tigers' first 10 points, and the ball went through his hands in most of the Tigers' offensive possessions. Things were going well on the defensive end as well as they held the Eagles to just 10-for-24 from the field, including 1-for-5 from three-point territory for the half. The Tigers used their defense and turned it to offense, scoring 12 fast break points, and 12 points off turnovers. Osagie would lead all scorers with 12 points as the Tigers headed into halftime with the 40-26 lead. After watching their halftime lead against Oklahoma City University disappear on Thursday night, the Tigers came out determined to put the game away. So Coach Tony Romero came out of halftime with a set play that ended with Andrew Epps putting away a monster alley-oop slam, ensuring that the Tigers would come out with the momentum. The momentum had swung completely in the Tigers' favor, and they were able to push their lead to 27 points at one point. The Tigers' three-point shooting came to life for the first time in a while as they splashed home seven of their 10 three-point attempts in the second half. It was a sight for sore eyes, as Paul Ard II went 4-for-4 from downtown and scored 16 points in the half.
For the game, the Tigers shot 32-for-50 (64 percent) from the floor, including 9-for-18 (50 percent) from three and 14-for-18 (77.8 percent) from the free throw line. The Tigers would also have 31 rebounds (five offensive, 26 defensive), three blocks and 10 steals. One area that will please Coach Romero was the Tigers' ball movement as they had assists on 25 of their 32 field goals. For the Eagles, they finished the game shooting 23-for-54 (42.6 percent) from the floor, including 6-for-19 (31.6 percent) from three and 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line. The Eagles would also finish with 23 rebounds (eight offensive, 15 defensive), one block, seven steals, and nine assists.
Steve Kuminga led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points and four rebounds, while Osagie continued to be a big inside presence with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Ard II had a resurgent game with 16 points and seven assists. Darius Madkin came off the bench for the Eagles and led all scorers with 20 points.
The Tigers will start their string of five straight road games next week. They head to Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m..